Educators Mental Health Resource Center

Students Are Struggling Now More than Ever

COVID-19, mask controversies, educational challenges, bullying, fitting in, family dynamics …
the world we live in today has negatively impacted the mental health of our youth.

As an educator, guidance counselor or school administrator, you have a unique window into the mental wellbeing of your students. Depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns can manifest in many different forms. These warning signs can help you determine whether a young learner should receive a mental health evaluation from a qualified professional.

Watch this video for the warning signs of a mental health disorder:

Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents

Mental illness does not discriminate. It impacts all socioeconomic groups, cultures, geographies and genders. According to the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI):

  • 1 in 6 youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder every year
  • 49% of youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder do not receive treatment
  • 50% of mental illnesses begin by age 14

The statistics on teen suicide from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) are grim, making the need for early detection of mental illness and intervention critical.

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24.
  • Over half of all youth who suffer from depression will attempt suicide at least once, and more than 7% of these young people will die as a result.
  • Depression increases the risk of a first suicide attempt by at least 14-fold.

Building Confidence in Teens and Adolescents at Discovery

Since 1997, Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program has helped adolescents and teens facing mental illness, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, reactive attachment disorder, self-harm, co-occurring substance use disorder and more.

Through our ESTEEM SystemTM, we use evidence-based treatment, nutrition, education reintegration, extensive family support and more to help patients overcome their mental health challenges and rebuild confidence in themselves. We look at young people as the one-of-a-kind individuals they are and create an equally unique path that paves the way for hope, healing and a brighter future.


Our patient outcomes demonstrate that we truly change lives for good. Among patients who complete treatment at Discovery:

• 95% have a plan for how to stay or become well
• 92% believe they can meet their personal goals
• 92% have hope for a brighter future

We’re Here for You, Your Students and their Families

These are difficult times for our youth, and as educators you’re on the frontline. Navigating behavioral healthcare can be overwhelming. We can help. We are here as a resource for you and your students’ families.

Please call us at 714-828-0808. We offer free, confidential mental health assessments, along with insurance benefits verification. We will guide your student and their family through accessing behavioral healthcare treatment, whether it’s at Discovery or another mental healthcare provider.

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